Wilkes University Campus Interfaith Hosts Food Insecurity Lecture on March 15

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WILKES-BARRE, PA (02/21/2018) Food justice advocate, author, TEDx speaker and registered dietitian, Clancy Cash Harrison, will speak at Wilkes University on March 15 on the topic of food insecurity in the United States. The lecture, "Hunger: an Invisible Epidemic," begins at 11 a.m. in University Center on Main, room 231, 169 S. Main St. Attendees will learn about the misconceptions of food insecurity, chronic hunger and overall health of client.

With over 42 million food insecure Americans, hunger has been growing more rapidly in the suburbs since 2007. Clancy will demonstrate practical solutions that add dignity to a process that is often shamed and will identify how effective collaboration with community partners will improve health outcomes.

Harrison has over 20 years of experience challenging conventional assumptions about hunger and the way poverty is approached in the United States. Her mission to merge hunger awareness with industry leaders and demolish the stigma around food assistance programs places her on the cutting edge of advocacy. Through the use of humor, humility, honesty and practical strategies combined with her research-based expertise, Harrison has spoken at congressional briefings, TV segments, and professional seminars. Harrison focuses on the combination of real life experiences with statistics to highlight the perceptions of hunger and poverty.

Harrison served as the food service director for Aramark and as president of Al Beech West Side Food Pantry. She teaches nutrition at the Pennsylvania State University and worked in several different roles at the PA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, where she is currently chair of the Political Action Committee.

For more information, contact Kristin Osipower at kristin.osipower@wilkes.edu.

About Wilkes University:

Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the university is on a mission to create one of the great small universities, offering all of the programs, activities and opportunities of a large, research university in the intimate, caring and mentoring environment of a small, liberal arts college, at a cost that is increasingly competitive with public universities. The Economist named Wilkes 25th in the nation for the value of its education for graduates. In addition to 43 bachelor's degree programs, Wilkes offers 25 master's degree programs and five doctoral/terminal degree programs, including the doctor of philosophy in nursing, doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, doctor of pharmacy, and master of fine arts in creative writing. Learn more at www.wilkes.edu.